I just got through watching the closing arguments in the Hulk Hogan vs Gawker trial. I like Hogan’s chances going into this, but I would put it at 60% to 40% in his favor. It could easily go Gawker’s way, but I’m banking on some of the more controversial aspects of their business costing them in the end. Their attorney’s closing argument also seemed to suck in comparison with his pretty excellent trial run. Still, this is all just guesswork and the jury will have the last word. I hope some of them do interviews afterwards as well, since I’m eager to hear what was going through their minds during the trial.

Keep in mind that Gawker and Nick Denton will appeal any negative verdict. There’s a decent chance whatever is awarded, if it comes to that, will either get reduced or vacated by this process. I don’t care since it’s more about sending a message, at this point. I don’t want to see the appeals court get involved, but even if they do, the result of a big jury award will still likely scare off future companies who take the Gawker position that sex tape publication qualifies as journalism.

Anyway, since the jury already has the trial, there isn’t much point in linking the stream today. Instead, I will just give you the usual Twitter rundown. I might also add some articles later on, and I will also publish a list from all the other posts on the site concerning this trial.

Here we go…

https://twitter.com/SmithsH8sTweets/status/710815045123497984

https://twitter.com/SmithsH8sTweets/status/710816962062974977

https://twitter.com/TamaraLush/status/710817785115484160

https://twitter.com/SmithsH8sTweets/status/710822108654338048

https://twitter.com/TamaraLush/status/710823186615705600

https://twitter.com/mariabustillos/status/710824525932457984

(^^^Gawker contributor)

https://twitter.com/SmithsH8sTweets/status/710826073743859712

https://twitter.com/TamaraLush/status/710827167630946304

https://twitter.com/mariabustillos/status/710828395366653952

https://twitter.com/SmithsH8sTweets/status/710836609969745920

https://twitter.com/mariabustillos/status/710837538420891648

https://twitter.com/achryssovergis/status/710838281383124993

https://twitter.com/SmithsH8sTweets/status/710845715455614977

https://twitter.com/TamaraLush/status/710852518113353728

https://twitter.com/SmithsH8sTweets/status/710857150231408640

https://twitter.com/achryssovergis/status/710857807810134016

https://twitter.com/mariabustillos/status/710860201243627520

https://twitter.com/achryssovergis/status/710860449122754560

https://twitter.com/TamaraLush/status/710860781559144448

https://twitter.com/SmithsH8sTweets/status/710865333834350592

https://twitter.com/achryssovergis/status/710866060271095809

https://twitter.com/SmithsH8sTweets/status/710866424357638145

https://twitter.com/achryssovergis/status/710866670169038849

https://twitter.com/TamaraLush/status/710867822088462337

https://twitter.com/achryssovergis/status/710868179602558976

https://twitter.com/TamaraLush/status/710868678066233344

Here’s CNN’s wrap-up

Hogan attorney Kenneth Turkel used his closing argument to paint the defendants — Gawker Media founder Nick Denton, former Gawker.com editor A.J. Daulerio and the parent company — as indecent gossip-mongers who make a mockery of journalism.

Turkel told the jury that Daulerio “didn’t have the common decency” to reach out to any of the parties involved before he posted the video excerpts and the commentary, which “probably tells you all you need to know about Gawker.”

Delivering his own closing argument, Gawker attorney Michael Sullivan articulated the company’s free speech argument that’s been the bedrock of the defense’s case. The First Amendment, he told jurors, also protects unpopular speech.

And here’s a list of entries for each day of the trial from my own site…

HOGAN vs GAWKER LIVE: Hulk Testifying Now!

HOGAN vs GAWKER DAY 2: Hogan’s Cross-Examination Continues

HOGAN vs GAWKER DAY 3 RECAP: Testimony Continues in the Blockbuster Trial

HOGAN vs GAWKER DAY 4: LIVE THREAD

HOGAN vs GAWKER DAY 5: Live Thread

HOGAN vs GAWKER DAY 6: Full Recap of All the Day’s Events

HOGAN vs GAWKER DAY 7: Live Recap Thread

HOGAN vs GAWKER Day 8: Live Recap Thread

HOGAN vs GAWKER Day 9: Full Recap of All the Day’s Events

DOCUMENTS UNSEALED:

https://twitter.com/mariabustillos/status/710943430533386240

https://twitter.com/carriecummings/status/710952658287378433

6 comments
  1. Rooting for Hogan but some of my friends in the legal field aren’t too high on his chances. Gawker sucks all around.

  2. If Gawker wins, we will riot. Saying that they have other cases to defend this won’t be the only one.

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